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Pack Dishes and Fragile Items Like a Pro

Spent a few hours carefully packing your handicraft utensils but still had to collect plate shards on your last move? Then this article is for you. 

It doesn’t matter how much time you spend wrapping glasses if you use the wrong approach. Even 100% dedication won't fix broken glasses that you haven't filled with soft material while packing. Use the following packing tips to keep your wine club friends and move all your utensils safe and sound.

Prepare well

Preparation will facilitate packaging. The 3 main components are padding, containers, consumables.
  1. Packing materials: to prevent items from breaking when shaken on uneven roads or when carrying boxes, it is important to provide a soft space for them. To do this, use bubble wrap, newspapers, small soft cloths, and packing peanuts. Adapted materials are used to save time if the budget allows. There is nothing wrong with ingenuity and improvised tools.
  2. Stock up on solid dish containers. Boxes with soft walls are not suitable for transporting fragile items. Buy specialized cookware & utensils crates. If you still have original glass boxes, luck is on your side. If you got rid of them, put the glasses in a regular box, and place a protective cardboard partition between them.
  3. Don’t forget about labels, stickers, markers, and  adhesive tape

Going Through Breakables: Packing Step-by-Step 

  1. Prepare boxes for heavy loads. Wrap them well with duct tape to prevent buckling under the weight of the contents. 
  2. Fill each box with crumpled paper. Make sure the airbag is 5-7 inches high.
  3. Pay attention to each plate. Wrap the dishes in newspaper or bubble wrap. Secure with duct tape.
  4. Fill the box to the brim. Start with heavy dishes at the bottom and lighter items on top. Jam the rest of the space with crumpled paper.
  5. Create “security layers” on both sides. The crumpled paper should cover the breakables at the top and bottom. Also mark on the outside that the contents are fragile.
  6. Don't overdo it with weight. Although we advised filling the box completely, you shouldn't make it heavier than 45 pounds.

Noteworthy: while the newspaper saves your money, it can also leave ink stains on the dishes. Washing the dirt will take extra time in the new home.

Saving Your Glassware

  1. Use multiple layers of wrapping paper or newspaper. Bubble wrap only works as an additional safety measure. Put it between the wrapped things, not instead of the wrapper.
  2. Spread the wrapping paper. Place the glass perpendicular to the corner (make sure it lies on the side)
  3. Wrap a corner lightly around the glass and then rotate the glass, delicately tucking the paper into the globe until you are done.
  4. Put the glasses upside down in the slots provided for them. Consider sticking “This side up” for convenience.
  5. Fill the remaining space with bubble wrap.
  6. Check the gaps by shaking the box. If you hear rattling then put more scrapped paper inside and check once again.
  7. Seal the box. Don’t forget to stick “Fragile” against the walls.

Noteworthy: if you do not have special stemware boxes use regular ones. The smaller its size, the better. Take care of the interlayers between the glasses. You can make them yourself from cardboard. To do this, cut out a piece from an old box.

If you are willing to put a lot of effort and time into packing fragile items, follow the tips in the article. If you think it is too difficult, you can order professional packing services.  This is a guaranteed way to keep plates and glasses out of danger.